TheTrueMovieFan’s review published on Letterboxd:
Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive (based on the 2005 novel of the same name and heavily influenced by the Scorpion and the Frog fable) is about the emotional investment it takes to be a hero, as our unnamed protagonist attempts to make ends meet after a series of events complicate his casual, mundane life as a Hollywood stunt driver.
Rightly typecast as a neo-noir, Drive is clearly very driven by typical noir elements, while also juxtaposed with an 80's style aethstetic, creating a combination of elements that perfectly coincide together in an unfamiliar and hugely refreshing way. All the cast deliver some of their finest works, in particular Albert Brooks, whose performance was met (and rightly so) with much critical acclaim, even receiving a Golden Globe nomination for his efforts. Gosling is also excellent in the lead, perfectly embodying the ambiguous and isolated stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver for heists. Likewise, the supporting cast of Cranston, Mulligan and Isaac are also exceptional in their roles.
Undoubtedly one of the film's greatest aspects is its great soundtrack, with great tracks like The Tick of the Clock and Nightcall perfectly punctuating the opening sequences. Indeed, College's A Real Hero also has a significant role in the narrative, as this poignant track does an excellent job at capturing the film's touching overall message. The film's overall message reminds us that we should embrace the talents that come natural to us and not try to reform ourselves for the benefit of others.
VERDICT - From the offset it is clear that Drive is not your average action flick, with pleasing aethstetics, some great performances and a beautiful message about embracing who you are, this film is hugely memorable; using components from various genres to merge, creating a vastly innovative and creative movie. Drive is arguably among the very best films to come out in recent times.